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They have been trying to get their hands on the green belt for some time now under the guise of lack of housing and we must now allow them to get away with this . London boroughs have been selling off land and displacing social housing tenants in order to sell to developers to built luxury flats for non doms . Low density London landscapes are being destroyed by the luxury flats which promise affordable housing and which they can get out of quite easily . Once they get their hands on the green belt it will be used to build executive homes.All this does is push up house prices and drives key workers out of the city .
I hope that this idea is not just for the benefit of London – I live in Glasgow and the lack of housing for disabled people is a total disgrace – as it is for most of the UK. Much more needs to be done to address this appalling situation. Please don’t try and fob me off by saying that this is a matter for the Scottish Government as we all know that they are not up to the job – so it really is something that has to be tackled from central government in order to get things moving. It seems that most of the people involved at your end are more likely to only be interested in building on green belt land for the profits that they could make out of such schemes – which, although it is not illegal, is actually contrary to the needs of most of the people throughout the UK. Most of us are needing affordable council housing but the developers, understandably, don’t want to build those types of properties and don’t wish to become social landlords but this is exactly what is needed – mainly because the greatest proportion of the people who populate the UK will never be in a position to afford to buy their own homes – and the cost to the government of subsidising the rents that people pay to private landlords is far too much. I can’t understand why any government would wish to pay private landlords when, in the long run it would be far cheaper for the government to provide the housing that is needed at a far more reasonable rent and, at the end of the day the government would be asset-rich and quids in at the same time, eventually. To me, as a logical-thinking person, it makes perfect sense for the government to be in charge of social housing throughout the UK – yes, radical or what. So why don’t you spend some time lobbying government about such things as it makes better economic sense. As for building on green belt land I think that it would be better to use up the brown field sites first and to legislate to make sure that there is much less land-banking so that profiteers are not allowed to hold on to land for years, refusing to build on it until the price of houses goes up – they are causing the lack of land on which we can build, plus pushing up prices to the point that many people cannot even get on to the housing ladder anymore and helping to cause the economic downturns that have occurred over the last few decades.
Planning policy for Scotland is set by the Scottish Government – as I understand it, Holyrood is where the decision makers for Scotland’s green belt policy are.
More social housing paid for by the public sector can work and has done in the past, if you are prepared to argue for local government funding and finance reform to raise the money to pay for new supply and maintenance.
But more social housing is completely compatible with a better-working private housing market, which would require green belt reform, among other proposals which can be found here: https://www.centreforcities.org/blog/four-reforms-needed-ensure-planning-system-supports-economic-growth-cities/
Currently the great proportion of the UK’s population already own their homes. The housing crisis is a consequence of the rest of the population facing high housing costs in UK cities with strong economies thanks to decades of undersupply, in large part due to the green belt.